Earlier today, Jonathan Stupar became the Cavalier’s 17th verbal commitment when he announced for Virginia on an ESPN.com chat. We finally caught up with the All-American tight end tonight, fresh off of his decision.
Stupar is happy to be a Cavalier, and happy to have finally made his decision.
“Yeah, I’m happy,” said Stupar. “The decision was really tough. Once you start narrowing down the list, you start having to break relationships with coaches, and having to break it off was real tough.
“UVa was just the best. The coaching staff is awesome, but a real big part of it was the fans. All of the support the fans give the program is phenomenal. The academics are the best.”
Throughout the process, Stupar has been careful to name a leader between his list of teams, and has handled the entire process with class. Not getting involved in naming specific teams turned out to be a good move for the blue-chip prospect.
“I think it was a good move,” said Stupar. “From the beginning, when I went down and visited Virginia, and then Duke, UNC, and NC State, I just took notes. I was kind of accepting everything that was happening” throughout the recruiting process.
When the phone call came from ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming asking him to announce his decision on a national medium, Stupar jumped at the chance. For him, it was a great and exciting opportunity to do something few players have done.
“Oh, it was really sweet,” said Stupar. “It was awesome. It was a really unique experience, getting to do something not too many people can do.”
Stupar has more to look forward to now that his decision has been made, and that includes watching the Cavaliers try and match their recruiting success from last year. As of now, he believes the coaches are well on their way to meet or exceed last year’s success.
“I’m really excited” about the recruiting class, said Stupar. “This should be another Top 10 class. I’ve already met Jordy Lipsey and Kevin McCabe who are already going. I also know Ian Cunningham, and hopefully he will come to.”
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